NDL files are used to store Notes links to databases, views or documents in a "normal" text file. The .NDL file name extension is entered in the Windows registry when the Notes client is installed (path: HKey_Class_Root).
Calling a .NDL file in the Notes Client
Once you have created a .NDL file, it can be passed as a parameter when starting the Notes Client (calling the notes.exe file).
Depending on the content of the .NDL file, a specific database, a specific view of a database or a document is then opened directly in the Notes client.
Structure and format of .NDL files
The .NDL file contains the following tags:
All linking information is defined between these tags.
Any input between these tags is a comment and thus has no effect on the linked object (database, view or document).
<FLAGS ADDTEMPORARY=value NOREPLSEARCH=value> (Optional)
ADDTEMPORARY=1 No icon will be added to the workspace. NOREPLSEARCH=1 No search is performed in the "stacked icons" in the workspace.
The replica ID of the database must be specified between these tags. Example: <REPLICA>C1256567:004A6323</REPLICA>
<VIEW></VIEW> (Optional if <NOTE> is not used)
The view ID of the view that will be opened or that contains the document to be opened. Example: <VIEW>OF116301F7:C9AF7BB2-ON80256295:00678F47</VIEW>
The document ID of the document to be opened. Example: <NOTE>OFD9E901DD:A49FC1F3-ONC12565FB:00639228</NOTE>
Domino Server name: CN=Server/O=Organization
This example opens a document in a view:
<NDL> <REPLICA>C1256C1E:006B1EB2</REPLICA> <VIEW>OFE3EF8FA3:02C930C5-ONC1256C1F:006A92DB</VIEW> <NOTE>OF29DCC0C1:74F9C52F-ONC1256C1F:00831A06</NOTE> <HINT>CN=IMD-SVR01/O=IMD</HINT> <REM>madicon Office</REM> </NDL>
Creating a .NDL file
Do you find the .NDL format complicated? You don't have to create such files manually with an editor. There is a simple way to "get" the required parameters virtually by a single mouse click:
- Create a shortcut in the Notes clientTo do this, open any Notes database, select the desired document in a view and then select the menu item: "Edit" -> "Copy as". In the following submenu you can now decide whether you want to create a database, view or document link.
- Open the Windows Editor
- Paste the shortcut located in the clipboardMenu: "Edit" -> "Paste"
- Save the fileMake sure that the file has the extension .NDL.
Now you have created a correct .NDL file. You can now use this file (as described above) e.g. as "start parameter" for the Notes client.
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